Do you post photos of OTHER children online and tag them or their parent(s)?
What is YOUR policy for online photo sharing or publishing with children?
Ok, so you’re at a friend’s house and they pull out a photo album — remember those things — he kind with the static cling pages with photographs stuck to them? Imagine yourself as you sit at a table and flip through this photo album with a group of friends, family, their friends who are basically strangers to you. There are photos of kids at a birthday party which means you’ll likely see other people’s kids in that photo you may or may not recognize. Think back, if you can, to a time before social networking. Did you ask other parents’ permission before whipping out the polaroid and snapping photos of your little one blowing out the candles while surrounded by their friends? How is this the SAME as what we now do on Facebook? How is this DIFFERENT? How do you define “publish” versus just “sharing” photos online?
I know people are sensitive to this issue so I make it my personal policy to ask other parents before I start snapping pictures of MY kids and their friends when there are OTHER kids around in a close range. When I’m at the zoo, a public place, do I first run around and ask all the people who might be caught in the background if I have their permission to take their photo and share it on Facebook? um. No. I’m not that crazy. However, if my child is doing something cute where another child will end up being a focal point, I DO ask the parent if they mind and if it’s ok if the photos end up online. So far I have never had anyone say no, but if they did, then I would respect their feelings and compose my shots to exclude that child or wait until my child is more isolated. After all, I shouldn’t have to relinquish MY right to photograph my own child, right?
Personally, I get a bit offended when people automatically assume that because I’m a blogger and regularly use online social networking, that I publish or share every single detail of every social encounter or that I regularly blab about other people’s business. Does this ever happen to you? People neglect to think about how my profession as an IT Technician requires me to be entrusted with seeing and securing extremely private information on a regular basis. Despite how much I may personally share online about my own children, I’m actually a very private person and an advocate for managing your online identity and reputation. There are many decisions parents need to make on child’s behalf because they are too young to do so on their own.
Whether or not to publish or share photos of your child online can be as controversial as whether or not to circumcise. There are benefits and consequences on both sides of these debates.
It’s a tough call, I know. It’s always something of a debate when it comes to developing web content for educational institutions. Most schools now require parents to sign a release form when registering a student for school. The signed form is a requirement, however the consent on that form is only requested, not required. If you’re a school administrator and you get those signed forms, what happens next? For example, out of 300 forms signed releasing consent, you get 25 that deny permission. What do you do with those 25 kids when it comes time to photograph classmates doing cool stuff for the school website? Will they feel alienated if they are pulled aside when photos are being taken? How do you let the other parents know which specific kids are not allowed to be photographed in a time and place when so many parents now have camera phones with them? I find it hard to believe that ALL parents take this in to consideration when they’re at a public event snapping photos of their kids playing with other kids and uploading those pics online at will.
So, how do YOU handle it if you’re a parent or caregiver who does NOT want photos of your child to end up online?
Today I received this email message notifying me that I’d been charged for an Amazon order. Imagine my surprise when I read that a $170 MP3 player was coming my way!
um. No! No way did I order something like this and my husband knows better! So, naturally a red flag went up in my mind. (Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see — this example belongs in that “other half” category.)
The first tip-off was the sender’s email address. Not from Amazon. The rest of the email tries to look legit as they have copied and pasted some of the words from standard amazon delivery messages so you almost begin to fall for it.
Before clicking on any linked text that you see, always hover first and wait to see where that link is going to take you when you click it. When the url or website address in the pop up hint does not have anything to do with where you think it’s supposed to go, this is called “clickjacking.” Think of words like hijacking or carjacking. In either case, you’re being forced to go somewhere you don’t want to go and the result could put you in danger.
In this case of clickjacking, the sender of the email is trying to get you to visit a porn site where your computer or device could become infected with malware or a virus if you fall for more traps to keep you clicking. (Did you just hover over that text link right there? What does it say? Do you trust the Wikipedia site?) (The answer is yes, but I was just checking to see if you were paying attention!)
For messages like these, they are harmless if you’re just reading them. Just delete them. Do NOT click any of the links and do NOT forward them! Remember that opening or viewing a message won’t get you into trouble — it’s taking actions like clicking links, downloading or opening attachments or forwarding that wreaks havoc!
I’ve attached an annotated screen shot of the example I received this morning. I hope this message helps to keep you safe especially during this holiday online shopping season where scams are abundant!
A true visionary, he will be missed as he was taken from his family and our community much too soon on October 5th by “…the single best invention of life.”
Pat Fauquet and Melissa Davis are veteran Apple product and culture enthusiasts. The passing of Steve Jobs has had a profound affect on us. We recently had an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the life and accomplishments of Mr. Jobs, one of our personal heroes, during a joint interview with Jeff Bradbury of the TeacherCast Podcast.
Back to School Season is among us. Out here in the west, we’ve already been back for a few weeks now, but I know many of you are just getting into the swing of things. Routines can be challenging to implement and I bet you’re inundated with all the stuff kids need these days. Picking out clothes to outfit your kids is one daunting task, and picking out software to outfit your budding student’s Mac shouldn’t be one more thing on that already long list. When families have the right tools to get organized, daily activities can become more manageable.
In this multi-part review series, I aim to give you the advice you’re looking for when it comes to getting the right publishing software for your Back to School Mac.
I also have some project ideas I’d like to share. As for the clothes, sorry, but you’re on your own!
Last month, Microsoft provided me with a license of Microsoft Office 2011 for the Mac Home and Business Edition for the purposes of evaluation. Along with it, they included a wonderful Back to School Backpack full of goodies. Everything goes better with metaphors, so I’ll attempt to utilize those analog tools to compare with the digital tools in the Microsoft Office 2011 suite in my subsequent reviews.
To summarize what I’ve experienced after a few weeks of using Microsoft Office 2011 for the Mac, I’d have to say I’m impressed with a few caveats. I wouldn’t be doing my blog justice if I didn’t critique it before I geek it.
Let’s be up front and comment on the track record. The last Microsoft Office for the Mac was 2008 and it was not a treat to use. I know one too many Mac users who used it only because they had to, not because they wanted to. No one can deny that Microsoft Office is pretty much the standard in the corporate world. The education world must follow suit so students graduate knowing how to use the tools they’ll be using out in the field. In my professional opinion, the 2011 edition of Microsoft Office is on track for turning it around. The Mac development team has been doing their homework when it comes to usability and consistency, but this Mom isn’t prepared to give them high marks just yet. There is still a bit of work to do. (What can I say, moms want the best, so more on that later.)
At this point, I can only see improvements on the horizon and I would definitely recommend Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac-using students and professionals. The price gap on the single user license has closed in on iWork and the redesign is packed with many features. Despite the little nags I experience along the way (I’ll explain in more detail later), the most noticeable improvement is speed. Word now launches just about as fast as Pages and there is a noticeable speed improvement for documents that contain mathematical equations. That alone could be a deal-breaker for high school and college students who are studying any of the sciences where they are required to create lab reports.
If you’re a power user on the Mac or on a tight budget, or your needs are not those of a student or professional writer, I know you may be thinking, “What about iWork?” (Notice there is no ‘s’ on the end of iWork!)
Ok, I am still a loyal iWork fan and it’s still my preference; however, it is not as widely accepted as Microsoft Office. For the purposes if this review, my target audience will be students and professionals who work in an education or corporate environment where they must slide between Windows and Mac operating systems. I will add in comparisons to iWork features when I feel it’s necessary in future reviews. This isn’t an iWork vs Microsoft Office smackdown; although that may happen in the future depending on how both suites progress over time in the way of upgrades and enhancements.
Microsoft Office 2011 for the Mac Buying Guide pricing is US dollars
If you are a student or work for a school (in some cases even retired from working at a school — couldn’t hurt to ask) then you are eligible for a discount. I recommend you take advantage of it. Also check into military discounts. I have heard of some military personnel (or their spouse) who have purchased a Mac for a discount and no taxes. Check out your local Base Exchange to see if software for discount is available.
If you have a choice to purchase an online download, do it. Be kind to our planet and get instant gratification! What could be better? It may cost a little less and there is one less cardboard box lying around. The online versions of tutorials are much more helpful than the printed versions that may come in the box. These days there is less and less printed material that ships with the disc anyhow. If you catch a free shipping deal, you might also skip paying additional taxes depending on where you live.
If you don’t absolutely need Outlook for email, calendar, and task management, then skip it and just get the Home and Student Edition where you can install it on 3 Macs. (Ask yourself if you feel Outlook is worth an additional $50.00.)
For students, Microsoft Office is about double the price of iWork, depending on where you buy, but consider it is packed with more features than the current offering of iWork and it will be more compatible with Windows versions.
To whittle it down even more, compare the 3-license price of Microsoft Office 2011 Home and Student Edition versus the Family Pack 5-license price of iWork and now you’re down to about a $50.00 difference.
Sure, you can export different versions from iWork, but perhaps paying $50.00 more affords you the time and energy you’ll save from doing that extra step. Don’t stop there though.
Take a look at the pricing on the single license versions of each available on Amazon.com. Compare iWork to Microsoft Office 2011 Home and Student Edition single install and then there is only about a $10.00 price difference. (Hmm. I wonder why the Apple Store doesn’t list the single user license?)
You can justify the extra cost of Microsoft Office over iWork if you really need and like the additional features, newly designed interface and compatibility between Mac and Windows as many do.
Consider the trade offs of price over convenience. If you’re a student or professional working in an environment where Microsoft Office is the standard on both Mac and PC, if you must collaborate using tracked Word documents between Mac and PC or even other Mac users, or if you are using advanced mathematical computations, then Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac is for you.
If you just want simplicity and do not have the need to collaborate extensively and you’re not a science major, then iWork is for you. Granted, there are workarounds for using iWork with mathematical equations and it can be done — it just seems for now you can hit the ground running with Microsoft Office easier if you’re a scientist or mathematician. (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong though. I’d love to hear from science or math majors on how they use iWork.)
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 Home and Business Edition Apple.com educational Price: 1 license $199.95 or 2 licenses $279.95
This is just the first of my reviews for Microsoft Office 2011 for the Mac. I hope you’ve found this information helpful thus far in your Back to School purchasing decisions. Come back for more reviews on individual products, tools and features along with some constructive criticisms within the Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac suite. I’m thinking of calling the series “The Microsoft Mom Reviews” or something to that effect. I have projects I’ve been working on that I’d like to share with you and also talk about how we use Microsoft products in a predominately Apple household. Oh, the irony! Stay tuned to see if Microsoft can win over this TheMacMommy!
Windows users with Microsoft Office 2010 will want to check out this link for helpful tips on Back to School for the PC.
iWork (for comparison)
Single User Amazon has it for $79.69 free shipping and depending on where you live, tax free Apple.com educational price is $71.00, regular price $79.00, free shipping but tax added
Family Pack Amazon has it for 99.85 free shipping and, depending on where you live, tax free Apple.com price is $99.00 – no Apple educational discount available, free shipping but tax added
4×6 Frame The Future – Recycled Motherboard Frame
Made from recycled circuit board
For 4″ x 6″ photo
Back easel stand, for use in portrait or landscape mode
Portrait opening: 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (8.5 cm x 14 cm)
Frame size: 6″ x 8″ (15 cm x 20 cm)
This is a screenshot of an email message sent to me by a client who was suspicious about whether or not this message was really coming from PayPal. She was correct to be suspicious and I’m glad she forwarded it on to me so I could use it as an example to share with you. I’ve made some annotations on the screenshot pointing out what to look out for when you get a message like this. Specifically, you should always move your pointer to the hyperlink in the text and wait for a second or two until a hover box appears. In an email message, this usually will show you the entire URL or link of the website or webpage (the destination or where on the Internet that link will take you).
Let’s say the linked word is MickeyMouse but when you hover over it the link is actually going to take you to: “http://www.iamavirussoyoubetternotclickme.com”
If the linked word is not going to go where you think it ought to then do not click it!
August 29, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IGG SOFTWARE PLEDGES ONE-DAY SALES REVENUE TO VERMONT DISASTER RELIEF Matching Donation Also Promised To Benefit Community Relief Efforts
(PUTNEY, VT) — In the aftermath of statewide flooding and destruction caused by Hurricane Irene, IGG Software today announced that 100% of sales revenue generated on Monday, August 29 will be donated to Vermont relief programs. Sales at both IGG’s online store and the Mac App Store will count toward the total. In addition, IGG will double that amount with a matching contribution of its own.
“IGG is a part of the Vermont community, and our community has suffered tremendous damage and loss,” said IGG president Ian Gillespie. “We’ve been given so much by Vermont, and now we’re fortunate to be able to give back.”
IGG Software, Inc. has been Vermont-based since shortly after its founding in 2003. The majority of its employees are also located in towns throughout Vermont, many of which were hit by devastating flash floods that destroyed homes, roads and bridges. Some of IGG’s team members were affected personally with significant property damage and, in one case, an emergency evacuation.
IGG’s software products include iBank 4, the leading Mac-only personal finance program; iBiz 4, a complete small business solution for time-tracking and invoicing; and iBiz Professional, a networkable package for teams in which multiple users generate billable hours.
The retail price of iBank 4 is $59.99; licensed users of iBank 3 can upgrade for $29.99. iBank 4 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher, is Lion-ready, and will run on Macs using either Intel or PowerPC processors. The latest version can be downloaded at http://www.iggsoftware.com/ibank, where there is also access to a growing library of iBank 4 video tutorials.
iBiz 4 sells for $39.99, and upgrades are $19.99. iBiz Pro retails for $99.99 and includes one license for iBiz 4 Server and two licenses for iBiz 4 Client. IGG offers free trial downloads, free support and a 90-day unconditional guarantee on direct purchases from the IGG web store.
iBank 4 and iBiz 4 are also available on the Mac App Store. iBank 4 has been a number-one selling finance app, as well as the top-grossing finance app, since the launch of the Mac App Store in January.
IGG Software, Inc., was founded in 2003 by developer Ian Gillespie to offer intuitive, elegant and powerful applications for individuals and small business. Based in Putney, Vermont, its flagship products are iBank, for personal finance management, and iBiz, for time-tracking and billing. For further information, review licenses, or to schedule interviews with Ian Gillespie or Chief Architect James Gillespie, please contact IGG Marketing Director Scott Marc Becker: email@example.com.
Now that Lion is out and many Mac users are downloading and upgrading, what Applications will be left in the dust? You might consider iBank for your financial management software needs. Here is some information on the topic from the IGG Software site:
Here’s why full-featured iBank 4 is the best choice for your next personal finance manager:
Mac OS X 10.7-ready: iBank 4 is fully compatible with the newest Mac OS X, Lion.
Easy setup: iBank’s setup assistant simplifies importing all of your transactions, accounts, categories and investments from Quicken for Mac – or PC! (note: iBank does not use classes).
All kinds of accounts: Track your savings, checking, credit cards, loans, mortgages and investment accounts… see balances at a glance.
Bank downloads: Get your transaction data quickly via Direct Connect from most major financial institutions, or use iBank’s integrated browser to download from your bank’s website (online bill pay isn’t supported at this time).
Categorize everything: Create category hierarchies, assign categories or sub-categories to each transaction, or split transactions for more detailed tracking.
Generate powerful reports: Create beautiful, detailed reports on account balances, income and expense, investments, net worth and more (note that report template selection differs from Quicken’s).
Reconciliation: Use this powerful feature to reconcile bank statements and maintain exact balances with minimum hassle.
Full-featured investment support: Track buys, sells, dividends and more; review security prices over time; analyze portfolio performance with powerful investor reports (note that iBank cannot import security price histories from Quicken).
iOS sync: Use iBank Mobile (sold separately) to enter transactions on the go and sync with iBank from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
One version, worldwide: Use multiple currency support to create accounts in different currencies and apply exchange rates to transfers.
Better organization: Use account groups and smart accounts to keep your finances organized at a glance.
Choose your budget: iBank 4 offers both traditional and envelope-style budgets.
More flexible file import: iBank imports data in OFX, QFX, QIF or CSV formats for both new and existing accounts.**
Integrated web browser: Access, view and download transactions from bank websites without leaving iBank.
File attachments: Attach documents, images, PDFs, statements or receipts to transactions, then review them in Cover Flow.
Built-in camera integration: Use your Mac’s iSight or FaceTime camera to quickly attach photos to transactions.
Category images & background colors: Customize your data for easy review.
64-bit optimization: Take full advantage of your Mac’s processing power.
*Quicken Essentials is Lion-compatible, but lacks true investment support, QIF export and many other key features found in iBank 4. **Quicken can import QFX into existing accounts and QIF when creating new accounts.
I wanted to share a message i received from Scott Marc Becker over at www.iggsoftware.com — makers of iBank:
BEFORE UPDATING TO MAC OS X 10.7 LION: users of all versions of Quicken for Mac (prior to Quicken Essentials) MUST export their data so that they may import it to new software, whether Essentials, iBank 4, or any other app.
Updating to Lion without extricating one’s Quicken data first will mean that it is trapped in an app that won’t launch.
Please help spread the word – we’re all about helping people keep track of their finances regardless of what software they prefer, and this is something that’s going to cause a lot of grief.
Do you have a password manager?
Does your password manager also manage details of your software purchases?
Does it sync across multiple devices and platforms?
Are the software developers totally awesome?
Are compatible mobile apps available that show you the same information when you need it at the drop of a hat?
These are questions you should ask yourself when looking at software to manage your most intimate personal data. Save yourself. Go here: agilebits.com/products/1Password
This image from icanhascheezburger.com just conveys how I feel about now.
Yeah. I know. The site is icky-lookin. I broke the Internet again and had to reinstall. Well, at least I had to reinstall WordPress and the Atahualpa theme I’m using. It broke when I upgraded both to the latest version…among other things I was tinkering with on the site. I had a bad case of “ooh-shiny.”
Don’t panic. I’ve got everything backed up (multiple times) it’s just a matter of getting things back to the way they were.
I worked with our blog host provider for a long time trying to fix things. First I was told it was a theme issue and to just suck it up, the server is fine. Then I was instructed to submit a job ticket and wait for them to respond after counseling with their site compatibility department. Honestly, I just didn’t have the patience and I wanted to figure out what was causing the site to stall.
All the other pages on the site loaded fine but the main home page would not. It would give me fatal errors and tell me that something in the PHP was timing out. So, I’ve set out to troubleshoot it on my own hoping to gain insight by way of process of elimination. I figured I had tinkered with the customization of the theme just a bit too much.
I saw there were lots of updates about PHP “stuff” in the theme’s notation but I’m still wet behind the ears on that and none of it made sense to me. I’m learning.
Soooo…..I’ll be working on this site in between doing the other stuff like sleeping, eating and giving the Hubs and kids some attention.
Until then, stay tuned. The content is still here but right now it’s just in curlers and a housecoat at the moment. Some of the image links are broken. I have to dig through Peter’s notes and see if I can fix it again. Thanks for bearing with me!
I’ve developed a couple of babies. I think I should get a few points for that! One of these days I really want to learn more about creating apps on the iOS platform, so I figured this is a good start! Next I’ll be looking into the Affiliate Program for our blog. Wish me luck!
We geeks want to know: Do you fix your own stuff when it breaks or do you outsource?
Tell us about your favorite DIY tools. Or, tell us where you go to get it fixed.
Listen to this episode of Moms Gone Geek to find out about ours DIY methods.
I know what a thermocouple is, do you?
No hot water? iPhone to the rescue!
Broken water heater + iPhone + plumber next door + email to husband + YouTube How To video = replaced thermocouple for under $20 – priceless!
Sometimes you can get your Honey Do List worked on if you make it kind of fun!
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